5 Best Small Town Getaways that are Great for Families

Looking for a small town adventure this year? Maybe trying to avoid the super touristy destinations and enjoy a more mellow or low-key vacation? We’ve got some fantastic options for you!

Here are 5 family-friendly getaways in small town USA for you to enjoy. The below list may be small but it is mighty! Each destination has tons to offer the entire family. Know of a small town that’s perfect for a family vacation? Add it in the comments below!

PS: All of these destinations have BabyQuip Quality Providers, so no need to lug all your gear!!

New Bern: Best Small Town in North Carolina

new bern, north carolina

New Bern is a riverfront town on the Neuse and Trent rivers in beautiful North Carolina. It’s super historical as was originally settled back in 1710! In fact, one of the most iconic attractions in New Bern is Tyrone Palace, an 18th century mansion. Definitely a must see!

This North Carolina town is also known as the birthplace of Pepsi, so make sure to visit the store and museum in the downtown area. Your kiddos will love the sweet treats the Pepsi store has to offer!

If you’re visiting New Bern in the summer months, there’s tons of waterfront fun to be had: kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and more!

Lastly, what kid doesn’t love a good park? You have to stop by Kidsville (the name says it all, right??). It’s a fort like park with tons to do! Pack a picnic and bring an umbrella or sun shelter for the baby. You’ll have a great time!

Woodstock: Best Weekend Getaway in New York State

best cupcake shop in Woodstock NY

Most folks know about Woodstock because the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival was named after the town. The festival didn’t actually happen there (it was relocated about 40 miles away) but the name stuck! Most folks don’t know that Woodstock is actually a super great, small town family vacation spot and makes a perfect weekend getaway!

It’s in the Catskills of New York and is a couple hours away from the city. We highly recommend a hike on Overlook Mountain. Rent a carrier backpack for the baby and put on your hiking boots. You’ll take in some gorgeous views along the way.

After your hike (and naptime), head to the theater! Your kids will love seeing a musical or play at The Woodstock Playhouse, which has been around since 1938!

After the play, we think you’ll love getting dessert at Woodstock Peace Love and Cupcakes! Order a “Jimi Hendrix” or “The Dylan” and give your kids some music education while you chow down on some delicious treats. Make sure to look into Airbnbs or VRBOs for your Woodstock trip. You’ll have a much more homey and relaxing experience in this small town!

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Cle Elum: Best Little Gem in Washington State

kids activities at resort in cle elum called suncadia

The Pacific Northwest is full of small town gems with tons to offer families, but there’s one town in particular we think you’ll really enjoy: Cle Elum. (Pronounced clee ELL-um; you’re welcome!) Located about an hour and a half from Seattle, it’s an easy family-friendly small town to get to! And great for year round travel.

The summer is hot and perfect for outdoor fun. The winters are snowy and cold; perfect for cozy, winter getaways. The most popular destination is Suncadia Resort, a Destination Hotel in the . It’s an amazing, family-friendly resort full of things to do. The resort offers hiking, biking, pools, Junior Rangers programs and even a camp for the kiddos. And for mom and dad: spa treatments, golfing, wine tasting and food! You can stay in the lodge, the inn, condos, or rent one of the awesome vacation rentals throughout the 6,000 acre property.

Downtown Cle Elum is Adorable – with a capital A, so don’t miss it! Walk, shop and dine on the main street.

Nacogdoches: Best Small City Destination in Texas

girl feeding giraffe in a safari park

Located in East Texas, Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas and a great getaway for families. It’s got A LOT to entertain the kiddos for being a smaller sized town.

You can enjoy a safari park, a water park, and see a Texas Pro Bowl game all in the same trip! We hear it’s not a perfect vacation in historic Nacogdoches without a visit to Auntie Pasta’s. It’s a super family friendly restaurant with great options for everyone and the food looks delicious.

The city is also home to Stephen F. Austin State University, an NCAA school and home to an amazing orchestra. Spend an afternoon touring the campus with your older kiddos and enjoy some music or see a play. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll definitely enjoy your time in the oldest town in Texas!

Crested Butte: Best Small Ski Town in Colorado

kids dog sledding in small town colorado

Known as the “last great Colorado ski town”, Crested Butte is primarily a winter destination but has so much to offer during the summer months too! We encourage you to plan a trip to this family friendly small town any time!

The Crested Butte Ski Resort is an ideal ski destination; but don’t be surprised about how much there is to do at the resort year round! The resort has Adventure Park in the summer which is just for kiddos. They’ll have so much fun and be exhausted, so you can enjoy relaxing evenings!

By the way, if you are planning a winter ski trip to the resort, kids under 6 ski for FREE. Brownie points, right?! We also recommend exploring beyond the resort as the region has so much to do. There’s lots of water fun including fishing! Take the kids to catch some fish at the Roaring Judy Hatchery – look out for some kokanee!

Last but not least, go dog sledding. Yep! You heard it! Crested Butte has a couple dog sledding companies to choose from. The kids will love it.

That’s a wrap! We hope you are inspired to pick a small town destination for your next family getaway. No matter how small, as long as your exploring and spending family time together, there’s always plenty to do. Happy trails!


  1. Christina Hart

    October 18, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    As a New Bern, NC resident, I love that we are on this list! New Bern and Eastern North Carolina really could have our own blog Post because There is so much to do here! Definitely a hidden gem! Did you know Nicholas Sparks (author, The Notebook) lives here and the book is based on New Bern?

  2. Megan Clark

    June 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Great info!! Love that NC is on here… I’d have to say my personal favorite is Blowing Rock, NC. Gorgeous & looks like it’s out of a storybook.

  3. Rachel Allmendinger

    June 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    If you ever head north, Homer, Alaska is the BEST (we’re all a little biased, right?). There are outdoor opportunities for families, lots of nature programs for bigs and littles as well as all the beauty coastal Alaska has to offer!

  4. Kathy

    June 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    A couple of my favorite small towns are Sandpoint, Idaho and Bayfield, Wisconsin!

  5. Mallory Moersch

    June 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Whitefish, Montana is one of the best small towns in Montana and maybe even the entire United States! Whitefish boasts a small town feel but is close to incredible attractions like Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Avoid the crowded and overpriced Colorado ski areas and come to Montana instead. We have a vibrant downtown with shopping and great restaurants.

  6. Judi McLaughlin

    June 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Love these small town suggestions. Thanks!

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